33469 - Brivaracetam (Answered)

Jim Shannon
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the epileptic drug Briviact will be available on the NHS.

George Freeman

Briviact (brivaracetam) became available on the National Health Service following its launch in the United Kingdom in February 2016. It is for clinicians to decide whether to prescribe it to patients.

In the absence of guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence it is for commissioners to make decisions on whether to fund new medicines based on an assessment of the available evidence, such as clinical trials or peer-reviewed publications.